BRIDLINGTON remembered its war dead last weekend as large crowds lined the streets to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.
Well over a thousand relatives, friends, ex-servicemen and others gathered at the War Memorial in Prospect Street in a show of public grief.
Tears were shed and fallen heroes remembered as the crowd packed the memorial gardens and surrounding streets for a two minute silent tribute at 11am on Sunday.
Bridlington’s mayor, Coun Cyril Marsburg was among them, and said: “It was exceptional.
“It was by far and away the busiest I have ever seen it and I think that has something to do with the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and iraq.
“The silence was impeccably observed and it was wonderful to see the town honour it’s heroes so respectfully.”
Chad Chadwick, vice-chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington South councillor attended the service, and said:
“I think that each year there seems to be more people turning out, and a lot of younger people, probably because of the current conflicts abroad.
“Among them there were scouts and army cadets and it is nice to see the younger generation getting involved. Even as the Second World War generation get older, I honestly think Remembrance Sunday will continue to be remembered in the same way by the younger generation.”
People gathered along the route of the Remembrance Sunday parade, which was led by the ‘Children of the Mist’ Pipe Band, from the Town Hall to the war memorial at the junction of Wellington Road and Prospect Street.
At the war memorial, rows of local ex-servicemen and women stood alongside uniformed cadets, soldiers, sailors and members of Bridlington Town and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils.